Family Counseling

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Family Counseling is geared towards creating a safe environment for the family members to air their concerns.  These concerns are then assessed to determine the likely dynamics contributing to these concerns.  As these dynamics are explored, the focus is then broadened to explore problem solving to help the family discover new ways of connecting and supporting one another.

Clarification of roles and corresponding expectations are important aspects of this type of therapy.  In addition, assessing whether past trauma has affected the family’s reactivity to one another is an important part of this process. 

The assumption that each family member is doing the best that they can is highlighted to help the family members connect with their strengths and to recognize the positive intentions behind each others’ behavior.

Neil Friedman, Santa Barbara Therapist

Neil Friedman, LCSW

I have an eclectic, holistic approach in working with people. I believe in helping people recognize and utilize their strengths to overcome any challenge they might face. In this process, we can explore any unconscious blocks that might be interfering with connecting with others and their environment to make the most of each moment. I believe that the “here and now” is where we experience life to the fullest. Along these lines, I try to help people find the balance between their emotional and reasonable minds to effectively problem solve issues to be addressed.

Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.

Neil Friedman, LCSW
629 State St #104
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 319-0304 
[email protected]
Santa Barbara CAMFT Member

Santa Barbara Therapy

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